Why our good ideas don't matter to God


by Richard Mansel

Good ideas are ones that are interesting or beneficial to us in some way. They can even serve an altruistic purpose. However, there are boundaries for the most noble of plans.

When we become a Christian, we must reorient our minds to service and submission.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2, NKJV).

We walk by Christ and his plan, instead of our own (Ephesians 4:1).

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Darkness doesn’t exist in God, so we can trust him completely to guide us safely by the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Every situation in life can be found in one form or another in the Bible. We must listen and learn.

David provides an example when he decides to number his army (1 Chronicles 21). It seemed a good idea to David and there isn’t anything inherently wrong with a census. However, it was not authorized and God’s silence was sufficient as a command.

God sends word to David that he had sinned and the king instantly regretted his behavior. Yet, sin has consequences that repentance cannot always remove. God gives David three options and he places his people in the hands of God.

“So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell” (1 Chronicles 21:14).

Moses’ good idea was to strike the rock to bring out the water but he was prevented from entering the Promised Land as a result (Numbers 20).¬†Uzzah also had a seemingly good idea but when he reached out to steady the sacred Ark of the Covenant, he was struck dead (2 Samuel 6:1-7).

God doesn’t think like we do (Isaiah 55:8). He has his Word to preserve for future generations. His plan has always been contingent on his faithfulness and foresight. Allowing disobedience or disregard for his will would destroy all that God had established.

Our good ideas are only good if they agree with God’s. The Lord cannot allow us to work against him, no matter how good our ideas appear to be. There’s just too much at stake.

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